Cats hold out a slight hope of a bye

In the hours after dark, my math is even worse than it is the rest of the day, apparently, because there is still a scenario where Kentucky can obtain one of the highly coveted first-round byes in the Southeastern Conference Tournament next week.

But it nearly takes an act of Congress for UK to snag that bye. Here’s the only scenario where it’s possible:

  • Kentucky would have to upset No. 2 South Carolina; Texas A&M would have to win at Louisiana State and Ole Miss would have to win on the road at Mississippi State.

If those dominoes all fall on Sunday, Kentucky owns the tie-breaker win over Mississippi State (remember that double-overtime victory at Memorial Coliseum?) and the Cats would be the No. 4 seed.

So if you’re a Kentucky fan, you’re cheering for Kentucky, Texas A&M and Ole Miss to win on Sunday.

Simple, right?

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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